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  • Stocks muted as US manufacturing, Spain weighed Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:29 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- World stock markets lost momentum Tuesday as investors weighed an improvement in U.S. manufacturing against the possibility Spain's government debt will be downgraded to junk status. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 5,806.11. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed morning gains to close 0.1 percent lower at 8,786.05.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Qatar Airways will become the first Gulf carrier to join the oneworld alliance of airlines with an agreement due to be announced early next week, according to sources close to the alliance.

  • *Qatar airways to join oneworld alliance, to be unveiled at press conference.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- The town of Serenity, South Carolina, the imaginary setting for author Sherryl Woods's "Sweet Magnolias" novels, now has real food in it. Dana Sue's Killer Guacamole, Helen's Lethal Margaritas and Sullivan's Crab Cakes are among the fictional staples made real by chef Teddi Wohlford, who takes a gourmet approach to Southern classics.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent on Tuesday to their highest close in five months after the central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:01 AM ET

    Oct 2- The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages on Tuesday. *New York's attorney general, under the aegis of a federal mortgage task force, filed a civil suit against Bear Stearns, now part of JPMorgan Chase& Co, asserting that it defrauded investors who purchased mortgage securities.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    *New York's top prosecutor opened a new front in efforts to hold banks accountable for the financial crisis by filing a civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase& Co, alleging widespread fraud by the company's Bear Stearns unit in the sale of mortgage-backed securities. *The judge overseeing the patent dispute between Apple Inc.

  • Oil near $92 after US manufacturing improves Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:05 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Oil prices dwelled near $92 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 17 cents to $92.31 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Global economic activity has slowed this year, curbing fuel demand growth in Asia, Europe and the United States. The euro supported oil prices, rising for a second straight session on growing expectations the euro zone's fourth-largest economy, Spain, will seek a bailout.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc took a nosedive on Tuesday when hedge fund manager David Einhorn said the restaurant chain will face significant competition and additional costs, making it an attractive "short."

  • *Spain seen requesting bailout, but uncertainty weighs. NEW YORK, Oct 2- The euro continued to strengthen against the dollar on Tuesday on expectations that a request by Spain for a bailout is imminent, but major stock markets fell on uncertainty of when Madrid will make its request and growing uneasiness over third-quarter earnings.

  • *Uncertainty about timing of a Spain bailout request cited. Earlier, Treasuries had slipped as talk of Spain being willing to seek a bailout, along with an unexpected rate cut by Australia's central bank, gave riskier assets an edge over safe-haven U.S. debt.

  • Aruba Networks delays 2012 filing, stock falls Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Aruba Networks fell more than 7 percent on Tuesday after the company delayed the filing its full-year results because of internal control issues.

  • Oil slightly higher amid economic questions Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    Benchmark oil rose 13 cents Tuesday to $92.61 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 29 cents to $111.90 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Athanassios Diplas, Deutsche Bank's former global head of systemic risk, is in talks to take an advisory or consulting role with derivatives trade group the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, after leaving Deutsche Bank on Monday, said a person familiar with the situation.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc took a nosedive on Tuesday when hedge fund manager David Einhorn said the restaurant chain will face significant competition and additional costs, making it an attractive "short."

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- Federal and state officials pledged on Tuesday to bring more cases against misconduct that fueled the financial crisis, after New York sued JPMorgan Chase& Co late Monday over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by Bear Stearns.

  • Heineken acquisition financing draws massive demand Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 2- The much-awaited bond from Dutch brewer Heineken to take out a EUR2.5bn bridge loan for its acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries was announced today, and early indications are that it will raise up to US $3.25 bn.

  • *MSCI says switch covers $24 million of annual operating income. Oct 2- Vanguard Group, the largest U.S. mutual fund manager, said on Tuesday it was switching 22 of its biggest index funds away from benchmarks provided by MSCI Inc in order to cut costs.